San Rafael is getting rid of its red-light cameras, saying the two devices have only slightly reduced accident rates at a key downtown intersection. A San Rafael police spokeswoman said the city doesn’t plan to renew its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Phoenix, which services the two cameras, when the contract expires at the end of the month.
The cumulative numbers from Iowa cities suggests 275,400 tickets were issued during the state’s last fiscal year for either speeding or red light violations captured on camera in nine municipalities. That’s one ticket for about every eight drivers in the state. These tickets totaled $19.7 million, but more than 34 percent of that money went to out-of-state vendors.
In the wake of an investigation in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County is now considering issuing refunds for tickets at speed cameras identified as not being published prior to activation, as required by state law. Prince George’s County is voiding over $80,000 worth of tickets and writing $58,000 in refunds to 1,500 drivers busted by one speed camera. Will Montgomery County follow suit?
A South Side alderman who got two warning notices recently after speeding around schools and parks is demanding that City Hall put up more and better signs to alert motorists to slow down. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) introduced a resolution demanding that the Chicago Department of Transportation install “clear distinctive signs and/or striping that indicates that a motorist is approaching a school or park safety zone.”
A local legislative bill that few local officials and legislators were aware of proposes a new 10 percent fee on traffic tickets to raise funds for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The bill, which was assigned a number this week of HB 1110, would be used by the Rockdale County Sheriff to “provide for the technological needs of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office: the purchase, lease, maintenance, and installation of computer hardware and software.”
In a 6-2 vote, City Councilmembers went along with Mayor Rick Kriseman’s red-light camera compromise to terminate the program early, no later than Sept. 30, 2014. While ticket numbers had slowly declined in St. Petersburg since the cameras were introduced in the fall of 2011, a recent drastic drop occured when yellow lights were lengthened to safer intervals.
The Ellisville City Council decided to end its use of red-light cameras. The council voted 4-2 to have City Attorney George Restovich terminate the contract with American Traffic Solutions to monitor the cameras at three intersections. Because of an appellate court ruling, the city stopped issuing red-light camera tickets three months ago.
The South Dakota Senate has brought back and passed a measure regulating red-light traffic cameras after it was killed in committee. Senators voted 26-9 to support the bill. It now goes back to the House for approval.
New York officials say additional information about old traffic tickets will be available to prosecutors considering plea bargains for new driving charges. The Department of Motor Vehicles will make the information available for tickets issued during the past 10 years when the original charge was a violation bearing license points, was a drug or alcohol offense, or was for aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.